Mini Vinnies

Mini Vinnies

Vincent was born poor and in the beginning he wanted to be rich. This was why he first became a priest!

Later he changed his mind and decided to spend his life helping the sick and mentally-ill, orphans and old people, beggars and the starving, prisoners and galley slaves.

Vincent’s life is a great reminder for us all to find ways to help those around us.

See – Think – Do!

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Today the SVP England & Wales is pleased to highlight its continuing strong links with young people, through the development of its new ‘Mini Vinnies’ programme – a ground-breaking Primary Schools initiative, based on good work done in Australia, piloted in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, and which is seen as having, “the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society.”

What we’ve done

Syrian Refugee Appeal: The Mini-Vinnies have been in action again with their latest idea to collect clothes for the refugees facing an oncoming winter. They made posters to advertise the collection and spread the word to our school community by writing something for our school newsletter. They helped store the bags that came in and donated lots of clothes and blankets themselves! It will make a big difference to all the refugees struggling to keep warm this winter. Well done!

Food Collection: Thank you to all the school community who donated food for our collection in the Autumn term. The Mini Vinnies collected all the food and made a note of the items donated from each class. The winning class received an extra break in the final week of term. Well done! The Mini Vinnies met Frances who collects food for Stanley Food Bank. We brought all the food outside where we helped Frances count and move the food into her car to drop off. This made a real difference to lots of families last Christmas.

Lenten Fundraising: A huge thank you to all who supported the Penny Challenge in the Lenten term in the last academic year. Fr Cornforth came into school to personally thank all of the children and our year 5/6 Mini-Vinnies who helped carry the thousands of pennies to his car. The pennies will go a long way in helping the Bauleni School in Zambia.

Lenten Fundraising: The Mini-Vinnies met with Victoria from Disability North East to hand over some of the money raised from the Lenten Fun Run. The Mini Vinnies decided last year to help Disability North East when they learnt about all the things they do to help disabled people in the North East. They helped to organise the Lenten Fun Run and were very happy when they were able to hand over £400!

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